I’ve mentioned the Irish goodbye a few times, which is a slang phrase that refers to a person ducking out of a party, social gathering, or very bad date without bidding farewell.
I am a big fan of the Irish goodbye, and have used it on several occasions. And in recent years it has become my preferred way of leaving a party.
But I never really thought about the opposite, in some ways, of the Irish goodbye – how to get people to leave a party you are hosting. That was until I came across an article on HuffPost this week.
Reporter Brittany Wong posed the question to her readers, and here are some of the responses she received:
- “I just start putting away food and pull out a big trash bag.”
- “When you want everyone to leave, come out wearing your robe.”
- “I say, ‘I’m going to bed, guys. If you need to crash there’s blankets in the hamper. Stay as long as you like.’”
- “Turn all the lights on, make everybody stop talking, get into a big awkward group picture, and then just start saying goodbye!”
- “Tell your partner loudly, ‘Honey, let’s go to bed so that all these good people can go home.”
- In the Midwest, slapping your knee, saying “welp” and then standing up usually gets the process going, at least if your guests are fellow Midwesterners.
- “This might be South American thing but, I generally tell people ‘I’m going to bed, if you stay please do the dishes and make breakfast tomorrow.'”
- from an etiquette expert: “You really can just say, ’It’s been really nice to have all of you here together tonight. I am getting a bit sleepy from the exciting evening and I am going to have to call it a night very soon. I hope you have enjoyed yourself and I look forward to seeing you again soon,”
- from another etiquette expert: “honestly, one of the lovely things about British invitations is that they include the phrase ‘carriages at’ along with the time so that it is clear in advance when the party will be over.”
- one person noted that there are signs (shown at top of post) which you can hang that will remind people of when to leave. just the simple fact that there is such a product may indicate that this is a serious problem.
These may all be fine ways to get people to leave your house when you want them to.
But I think I have the best solution – just don’t have people over to your house.
*image from Amazon